The Honourable Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman and Founder of Sandals Resorts International, was presented with the hugely prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ during the glittering 2012 Travel Weekly Globe Travel Awards ceremony recently held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The award was given to Stewart in recognition of his contribution to the travel industry and to the communities in which his company operates.
Collecting the award, Stewart said “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the 10,000 people that work within the Sandals family." A number of travel industry greats came together to congratulate Stewart on the fantastic achievement, describing Stewart as “blazing a trail”, having “impressive in spades” and “changing the face of tourism”.
After establishing a successful air conditioning sales and distribution business in his native Jamaica almost 45 years ago, Stewart ventured into the hotel industry despite little or no experience and set out to define his future. 30 years later, Stewart has successfully positioned Sandals Resorts at the pinnacle of the industry by way of constant passion, investment and innovation. With resorts offering everything from luxuriously-designed suites, exquisite dining and exclusive butler service all located on the some of the world’s best beaches and supported by peerless service. Such dedication to excellence has resulted in countless award wins and an array of journalist and celebrity endorsements as Sandals made its way to becoming the most successful company to ever emerge from the region.
Stewart’s 'Lifetime Achievement' honor comes with exclusive prestige, as the Globes remain one of the few award ceremonies where the winners are voted solely by the industry. To learn more about some of Stewart's resorts that were also recognized at this year’s Global Travel Awards, including Sandals Resorts for 'Best Trade Sales Team’ and Beaches Resorts for ‘Best Trade Friendly Brand,’ visit http://www.sandals.com or http://www.beaches.com.